Kaagaz Ke Phool - A Marvel By Gurudutt !!

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Kaagaz Ke Phool, a Hindi movie was a Classic Marvel by the famous actor, director Gurudutt was a box office failure initially! This movie has become super hit after Gurudutt committed suicide...let us see why this so flop movie was adored by the people later on to make it a classic in history of Indian Cinema!

One Of My Favorite Indian Classics!

Kaagaz Ke Phool a black and white masterpiece movie made in 1959 was directed by the all time great actor and director Gurudutt. It is believed that this movie is a semi autobiography of the great artist Guruduttt!

The title 'Kaagaz Ke Phool' in Hindi means Flowers made up of paper (I deliberately not using the words, Paper flowers, because this name refers to a particular type of natural flowers) indicating that they are very beautiful to look at, they are very attractive, glamorous and charming , but after all they are artificial!

In this movie Gurudutt tried to portray the darker and morose aspect of film world which looks apparently very glamorous, attractive and very green with hidden pathetic and morose tales to tell!

He could artistically manage to put his message across the masses in this movie! But unfortunately this movie was a failure when it was released initially!

May be people found the movie too slow and was more of melancholy, and disappointment! The pessimistic approach could have been another reason why it wasn't popular amongst the masses when released initially!

Story Line With A Difference!

The story revolves around Suresh Sinha, who hails from a poor family with lot of God gifted talent towards making movies. He tries his luck at the Hindi Film Industry to become a successful director with his film 'Jordar' becoming a super hit!

With the passing of the time he falls in love with Veena Verma to marry her and they have a daughter Pramila out of their wedlock! Veena got influenced by her father, doesn't like Suresh's working in the film industry as this profession was not looked upon as a respected one in the society then!

She tries to convince Suresh to leave the film world to which Suresh pays no heed. This difference of opinion makes their ways different in their lives and they are separated! Pramila, the daughter who is staying with Suresh pursues her studies at a school at Dehradoon.

Once when Suresh goes to see Pramila at Dehradoon he finds Shanti getting wet in a down pour and helps her out by giving his over coat to protect herself from the rain!

After few days Shanti comes to Suresh's studio to return the over coat and while coming to the studio she accidentally get herself captured in the movie camera!

Suresh gets highly impressed wit her photogenic face and after giving her initial training he takes her in his new movie as a heroine!

His solitary life and attraction towards Shanti makes him to fall in love with her and he starts spending most of his time with her.

Before Shanti approves her love Pramila approaches Shanti and requests her to spare her father and save her family!

With this Shanti starts behaving in an indifferent way with Suresh to which he gets frustrated and takes the shelter of Alcoholism! With this behavior of Suresh, Pramila's maternal Grand Father V P Verma gets court orders to get the custody of Pramila and Pramila leaves her father to stay with her mother and Grandfather!

Shanti quits the movie in which she was acting and leaves Suresh and also the movie incomplete!

Suresh with the dissertation of Shanti and Pramila becomes broken at the heart and he finds no further interest in life! He starts self torturing himself and all the while he is in the drunken state!

The genius who conquered the Hindi film world now under the influence of liquor starts giving flop movies one after another to make himself a flop director without any work in his hand and going bankrupt!

The film producer makes Shanti to come back to act in the incomplete movie to complete it under legal bindings and Suresh also works to complete the movie!

What next? Could he succeed in getting his name, fame and wealth back?

Has he stopped drinking and gone back to his family to lead a happy life or He

managed to get his love of his life Shanti?

The answers to these questions forms the great movie 'Kaagaz Ke Phool'

Touching Performance!

Needless to say that Gurudutt excels in the role of Suresh Sinha with his natural flair for acting. He very competently enacted both the moods of the character, one as a compassionate lover and another as a dejected and frustrated individual of the life. He portrayed his larger than life character with an utmost conviction to make the role an immortal one.

Waheeda Rehman mesmerizes the audience with her charming beauty and superb acting for which she is well known for! The tough character of Shanti involving multi moods and complexity in the emotions has been very efficiently portrayed by her like a seasoned actress!

Veena in the role of Veena Verma the wife of Suresh Verma had nothing much to act in the movie and she justifies her role.

Baby Naaz played this character which has an important role in the story line very impressively in a matured manner to win the true applause from the audience as Pramila.

The other actors in the movie are Mehmood, Johny Walker, Mohan Choti and Nilofer who aptly supported their respective characters.

Superb Cinematography:

The photography of this movie is extremely good in true sense. This was the first movie to be shot in Cinema Scope in India.

The Cinematographer V.K.Murthy by virtue of working with Gurudutt for many years got set a natural rapport with him, which he managed to depict in a magnificent way in many shots.

The lighting done on the set and capturing the same to make it an unforgettable experience makes this genius with camera as a one of the outstanding photographers of the era who knew how to take the audience on a voyage to the dream lands.

He is undoubtedly a genius who knows how to use the light to get the desired effect in a black and white cinematography. His brilliant work fetched him the Film Fare Award for this movie as the best Cinematographer of the year in black and white category.

Impressive Direction!

It is needless to say that once again the great maestro has proved his mettle in this movie as an immensely talented director.

Having seen this movie for countless number of times, I definitely can say that every frame of the movie depicts the efforts taken by director to provide minute details.

Every shot has been shot very carefully to make the movie as a whole as a masterpiece. Gurudutt as usual excelled in utilizing the music and lighting to emphasize a situation.

Many a times the director used the actors very efficiently to convey every thing just by depicting mere expressions on the screen.

The seriously thought and made sets acts as perfect background for the movie at appropriate places.

In nutshell this movie was way ahead of its contemporary counterparts in terms of production values right from hairstyles, make up to the Cinematography.

Over all the direction of this movie is simply superb!

Melodious Music!

The music plays a major role in this movie as it was very aptly utilized by the director to provide all the impact needed for the serious scenes of the movie!

The songs of the movie are good, S D Burman has given an extremely sensitive music to the poignant lyrics of the great Lyricist Kaifi Azmi.

The songs are feasting to any music lover I never get tired of hearing them for any number of times. Waqt Ne Kiya Kya Hasi Sitam by Geeta Dutt directly touches ones heart. One can feel the emotions of the separation in the song.

Dekhi Zamane Ki Yaari by Mohmed Rafi is another great number of this movie. Hum Tum Jise Kehta Hai, Ek Do Teen, and San San San Woh Chali Hawa are the other songs of the movie which are very appropriately used by the director to create all the required impact to make the movie a classic one!

Film Fare Awards!

This movie was awarded Film Fare Award for Best Cinematography (black and white) and also for the best screen play in the year 1960.

My Opinion about the Movie!

Gurudutt one of the most popular and revered director of the golden era of Indian Cinema undoubtedly produced an outstanding movie, but unfortunately this movie couldn't do well at the box office.

Possibly the concept of married man falling in love with a maiden was not acceptable to the Indian Society then! Having faced the utter failure of this movie at box office, the great director Gurudutt never directed any more movies.

He there after just acted in the movie Sahib Biwi aur Ghulam before committing suicide in 1964. Gurudutt was truly a genius and this movie stands as a proof of his command over the art of film making.

The audience after the sad demise of the great director has recognized this movie as his autobiography to make this movie as an all time Classic movie!

Alas! If the audience loved this movie and appreciated it before his suicide then perhaps this great maestro would definitely have changed the course of Bollywood.

The great work of the young genius at 35 is a must see for any movie lover and I strongly recommend to watch this movie.

Other Movie Which I Strongly Recommend!

PS: the pictures used in this article are taken from Google Search. I sincerely Thank them.


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author avatar Retired
8th Aug 2012 (#)

Intersting article thank you!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Aug 2012 (#)

What a review and what a tribute! You are truly a connoisseur of great films, direction and acting. Keep it up, dear Rao - siva

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author avatar A K Rao
8th Aug 2012 (#)

I am honoured with your lovely comment dear Siva Sir! As I said earlier good movies are my weakness and I used to discuss about them at length with my friends before entering this profession! Even today I ponder on any good movie for a while and appreciate the efforts put in !

Thanks again for your encouraging comment!

You made my day S!

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
8th Aug 2012 (#)

this is a great review and fabulous pictures...thank you so much Rao....

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author avatar A K Rao
9th Aug 2012 (#)

It is so nice of you dear Cnwriter to leave such a nice comment! Thanks a lot!

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author avatar Denise O
9th Aug 2012 (#)

A good review of the movie Kaagaz Ke Phool. So sad what happened to the director. We have so many movies that did not make it a hit at the box office, only to become some of our favorites in the end. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar A K Rao
14th Aug 2012 (#)

Some people are very pasinate abput their profession and love dear denise! Gurudutt was one f them! Thanks for the thoughtful comment!

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author avatar Don Rothra
9th Aug 2012 (#)

Nice work. A lot of artists, actors, poets, ect, don't become famous until after they die.

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author avatar A K Rao
15th Aug 2012 (#)

You are right dear Don, many people and their works have been recognised by this society posthumously! Thanks alot for redaing and commenting!

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author avatar Dr Awadhesh Kishore
12th Aug 2012 (#)

Nice contribution

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author avatar A K Rao
16th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks a lot for reading and commentimg dear Awadhesh!

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author avatar yugasini
17th Aug 2012 (#)

hi A K Rao,

when you become really blogger, i have not seen this movie,have a nice day.

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author avatar A K Rao
17th Aug 2012 (#)

Thanks a lot dear Yugasini! You must see this movie it is available on CD! This is a great movie by Gurudutt!

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